Curriculum Specification -
Years 10 & 11 Creative iMedia

Award Level 1/2 Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia
Exam Board: OCR
Course Code: J817 (120GLH)
Level 2 Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia

This qualification will assess the application of creative media skills through their practical use and one external exam.

This course will provide learners with essential knowledge, transferable skills and tools with the aim of enhancing their employability when they leave education. The qualification will encourage independence, creativity and awareness of the digital media sector.

Level 2 Certificate in Creative iMedia will appeal to learners interested in working in the creative and digital media sectors. It provides them with the core skills for researching, planning and creating products and assets for each piece of coursework and encourages creativity and originality with a vocational focus.

Students who are thinking of this course must have an excellent home learning record, good time management skills and good IT skills.

What will I study?

The Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia will equip learners with a range of creative media skills and provide opportunities to develop, in context, desirable, transferable skills such as research, planning, review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively. Through the use of these skills, learners will ultimately be creating fit-for-purpose creative media products such as interactive multimedia products, digital graphics or comic strips.

It is vital that students who opt for this course have good computer skills to complete the controlled assessment tasks and good time management, as they will only have a set time to complete each controlled assessment, the topic of which is set by the exam board and not the school. Literacy is a very important part of the controlled assessment as this impacts on students’ overall mark.

How will I be assessed?

Students will complete the following mandatory units:

  • R081 – Pre-production skills (External exam)
  • R082 – Creating digital graphics (Internal controlled assessment)

Followed by two coursework units which may include comic strips, digital presentations or multipage websites.

One unit is assessed externally with a written examination, the other three units are internally assessed through coursework tasks. Each unit is worth 25% of the qualification. Those internally assessed will be assignment tasks and could include reports, presentations and other portfolio assessments.

An overall grade for the qualification is awarded to all students who successfully complete all units. Grades awarded are Pass at level 2 (P2), Merit at level 2 (M2), Distinction at level 2 (D2) or Distinction * at level 2 (*2). Students must complete all units to a level 2 standard to achieve a level 2 qualification overall.

By the end of the course students are expected to produce three controlled assessment pieces which are all timed at 10 hours each, which must be completed in class under supervision. The external exam is a hand-written paper examination taken in Year 10.

Recommended Equipment
  • Revision Guide (available from Student Resource Shop).
  • Access to a PC at home (desktop or laptop), with a good internet connection and the ability to download software.
  • USB stick.
  • Access to a digital camera and scanner.

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Enquiries to

Mr Mawers - Subject Leader: Computer Studies